DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

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Taking guidance and recommendations about social distancing from the DC government and the CDC, effective Monday, March 16th, The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s office will be closed. Staff are still working remotely, and will be checking emails and voicemails multiple times each day. Please reach out to supportdesk@thedccenter.org to connect with the DC Center, as we are still able to provide services and support.

If you are interested in attending support groups remotely, please reach out to your facilitator or supportdesk@thedccenter.org and we can provide options for remote meetings using conference lines.

The situation is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC’s website and coronavirus.dc.gov for up-to-date information on what you can do to help prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The DC Center team will be meeting regularly to assess the situation and rest assured that we will open as soon as it is safe to do so, as we know that many of our clients and participants are vulnerable and will need support. If you are able, please consider donating and supporting organizations that provide food, medicine, and other support to marginalized populations. 

 

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

Health and Wellness Festival Vendor Registration – Postponed

Hello friends,
In order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the DC Center is closed effective Monday, March 16th. To protect the health and safety of everyone we have decided to postpone our health and wellness festival. Please consider how you can help delay the spread of coronavirus by consulting sites such as https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ for more information.

On March 28th, the DC Center will host its first ever health and wellness fair, as we work towards putting the finishing touches on our programming schedule, we are encouraging small to large organizations, businesses and nonprofits to sign up for a table or sign up to become a partnering sponsor of this wellness event. So far, we have organizations and businesses from varied backgrounds that are partnering with us. This Health & Wellness Fair represents The DC Center’s commitment to a strong and healthy community and is part of our ongoing effort to provide a safe space for the LGBT community to access basic health screenings and important information. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We seek to provide a comprehensive offering geared towards the health and wellness of LGBTQ people in body, mind, and spirit as such we will be having several different workshops,pop-ups and panel discussion on LGBTQ health and wellness. We will have a day full of hands-on health and wellness activities including yoga, self-defense, tai chi, meditation, acupuncture, and massage. HIV testing, STI testing, and other health screenings will be available. Space is limited. Click the link below to register:
https://thedccenter.org/events/healthfest/

When: Saturday March 28, 2020
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: The DC Center for the LGBT Community
2000 14th St NW, Suite 105
Washington
DC 20009
Questions: supportdesk@thedccenter.org
202-682-2245

CALLING TRANSMASC PERFORMERS/ARTISTS!

Call for Performers

We are seeking transmasculine folx to perform at the Taking the Stage: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence speak-out open mic in the Spring. The event will happen on A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED (after the COVID-19 crisis), at The Outrage, 1722 14th St. NW. 

Theme: The topic is Transmasculine Survivors of Violence & Abuse. We chose The Outrage as a public, yet intimate space, with the intention that transmasculine folx feel safe enough in such a space to speak up/out about their experiences of violence and abuse including those that may have happened pre-transition — a timeline that many transmasculine folx do not share openly for reasons of stealth, privacy and/or danger.

3-5 minute slots. The mic will be open after the first 5 performers for anyone interested — on-site sign up list will be 1st come 1st served for the remaining time.

5-7 minute slots: We would like to have a small line-up of experienced performers to help set the stage as a place for authenticity and courage. If you are an experienced performer interested in one of the 5-7 minute slots on stage, please contact Christina Cappelletti at 202.682.2245 or christinac@thedccenter.org. We will offer a $50 honorarium/each for 5 transmasculine-identified performers.

Stage Host: We are also seeking a stage host, so please let us know if you have the knack for holding a safe, respectful, engaging space.

 

 

UPDATE : DC LGBTQ Health and Wellness Festival

LGBTQ Health & Wellness Festival

*** Hello friends,
In order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the DC Center is closed effective Monday, March 16th. To protect the health and safety of everyone we have decided to postpone our health and wellness festival, we will no longer have the event on March 28th , a new date will be decided in the future. Please consider how you can help delay the spread of coronavirus by consulting sites such as https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ for more information. ***

Due to unfortunate circumstances, we have been forced to reschedule our Wellness Expo. Join us on Saturday, March 28th for our first-ever DC LGBTQ Health and Wellness Expo.

Please click here for the updated event information, and if you have previously registered there’s no need to re-register. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please email supportdesk@thedccenter.org.

How To Access A Free Sexual Assault Exam In DC

If you’ve been sexually assaulted in the last 96 hrs, go to MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) at any time 24/7/365.

To ask a nurse or an advocate your questions first or to receive a free Uber ride to the hospital, call the DC Victim Hotline @1-844-4HELPDC .


For evidence collection (“rape kit”), in case you decide to report to police, try to avoid:

Showering, urinating or having a bowel movement, eating/drinking or smoking, chewing gum, douching, brushing teeth or changing clothes.


Arrive to MWHC , emergency department and let them know you are there for a SANE exam

You will be checked out by an ER physician first. Expect to be at the hospital for an average of 4.5 hours. You will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered by a nurse and an advocate before the exam begins.


If needed, receive free HIV/STD and pregnancy prevention medications

The nurse and physician will run some lab tests to make  sure it is safe for you to take these meds. You will also have the opportunity to follow up for more meds if possible. Please note that if you believe you were exposed to HIV, you will need to arrive at MWHC  72 hours or before to get HIV prevention treatment known as PEP. PEP is only effective in stopping HIV when taken 72 hours after exposure.


Decide whether or not to report to law enforcement

It is 100% your decision whether to report to the police or not. Your kit will be held for a minimum of one year. You may request for MWHC to hold your kit longer but you may have the right to report any time within the statute of limitation.


Rest and track you kit

You can visit a website to track your kit. Your kit will only be sent to the crime lab for testing if you decide to report to law enforcement, but MWHC can send it for toxicology testing if you’d like regardless of your reporting decision.


Receive ongoing support and connection to resources

If you choose , the advocate will continue to support you in any way that you need and connect you to basic , education, legal, and / or social services.

 


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Meet the Staff: Alex

Welcome Alex to the DC Center! He is excited to join as the new Social Media and Advocacy intern. He looks forward to promoting the DC Center and increasing equity in our community. You can meet Alex at the DC Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays! He is a community organizer, artist, and Goucher College student with an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major called “Social Media for Social Change.”

Birthdate, Astro Sign
15 May, Taurus

Where are you originally from?
San Diego, California

Why did you start working at the DC Center?
I started working at the DC Center because their Trans Support Groups helped me get through some of my greatest challenges when I came out and moved to DC in 2016.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?
I love having the opportunity to help people, connect with the LGBTQ+ community, and collaborate with a fantastic team.

What is your music anthem?
Love Is Love by Alfie Arcuri

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
The communal support and dedication to uplifting one another.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
I love walking in Rock Creek Park.

What is your favorite queer movie?  
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?  
Purple

Who do you look up to in the queer community?
Ellen Degeneres because she is authentic, hilarious, and wonderfully kind. Laverne Cox because she fights for our rights and shares vital, inspiring messages. All of my trans friends and mentors who have helped me get to where I am today.

2019 The Gran Varones Positive Digital Art Fellowship Application

Gran Varones

Gran Varones esta empezando un beca para homres LGBTQIA+ latinx/afro-latinx y VIH positivo de los edades 21-35.

La beca de Gran Varones es una programa national que empeso con la ayuda de ViiV Healthcare para crear un grupo de 5 VIH positivo hombres LGBTQIA+ latinx/afro-latinx de los edades 21-35. El grupo va a tener recursos para combatar la estigma de VIH y promover apoyo familar in comunidades Latinxpor medio de narración digital, fortaleza comunitaria y organización cultural. Pioridad sera para individuos del Sur (EEUU) y personas nueavas al activismo.

La aplicación cierra el 8 de Febrero

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Gran Varones is launching a fellowship for hiv positive latinx and afro-latinx gay, queer, trans and bi men ages 21-35.

The Gran Varones Fellowship is a national initiative, launched in partnership with ViiV Healthcare to develop the leadership of a cohort of 5 HIV positive Latinx & Afro-Latinx Gay, Queer, Trans and Bisexual Men ages 21-35 based in the US. Throughout the fellowship, the cohort will be supported with resources to combat HIV stigma and promote family acceptance in Latinx communities through digital storytelling, community building and cultural organizing. Priority will be given to individuals that are based in the South and individuals who may be new to organizing around issues related to HIV and LGBTQ activism.

Application due February 8th

Study for Black MSM: Earn $20 in Gift Cards

PrEP Study for Black Men

George Washington University is conducting a study about PrEP advertising twith Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Washington, DC metro area.

PrEP, or HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a highly effective HIV prevention medication. We are interested in learning more about how Black MSM feel about the way PrEP is being marketed to them. Findings will help guide the development of future PrEP advertisements, with the goal of creating materials that are culturally sensitive and acceptable to Black men who have sex with men in DC.

The study involves completing two 20-minute surveys and receiving a weekly email for 8 weeks, for which respondents will earn two $10 Amazon gift cards (one for each survey) and be entered into a lottery to win $500 in cash.

To be eligible, participants must be Black, HIV-negative, PrEP-inexperienced men who are sexually active with other men and reside in the DC metro area.

Click here to begin the survey! 

HOPEDC Celebrates 30 years of HIV Social Support

On September 15th, 2018, the Health Options and Positive Energy Foundation, Inc. (HOPEDC) celebrated  30 years of bringing together the HIV+ Men’s community in Washington, DC.

HOPEDC’s informal group originated in 1988, during the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic, when a small group of HIV+ Men met at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital during clinical trials of life-saving treatments. They decided to bind together for mutual moral support away from the hospital and began hosting private social events throughout the district. The clinical trial is long since history, but the fellowship that they started is still here today, with an active secret Facebook Group, an email Discussion list, and gatherings all over the Washington area.

The group remains active today, as the need for moral and peer support for HIV+ attendees has not changed. Over the years, services and support offered by HOPEDC have proven to be essential for the health and well-being of each Social attendee. The focus of the group is primarily directed to single gay men with HIV in the Washington, DC area, but all are welcome.

In 1996, the informal group became a non-profit 501C3 organization called The HOPE Foundation. Over the years, the group has grown to over 1200 individuals. The gatherings are now regular events called “The Monthly Social” where HIV+, and poz-friendly, gay/bi/trans/questioning men can meet and provide support for each other in the greater Washington/Baltimore area.

“We celebrate the dramatic medical breakthroughs that have turned HIV into a manageable condition, but we are deeply aware of the Social challenges of living well and responsibly with HIV,” explained Jimmy Garza, Vice-President of HOPEDC. “That is why, 30 years later, we are still here and will continue to be here as long there is a need.”

About HOPE DC
HOPE DC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that serves the HIV+ Community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Services provided include the Monthly Social which offers a stress-free gathering that fosters mutual support, as well as and website to share articles, information, links and resources about living with HIV, a Facebook Secret Group, and also occasional public seminars or lectures. we also have monthly Brunches, and occasional Museum Tours, and Day Trips.

The HOPEDC philosophy is that by providing such services, they help HIV+ gay men foster a greater self-esteem and sense of community and that this in turn fosters the responsibility and behavior that helps diminish the spread of HIV.

The Group is funded by Generous Donations from Brother Help ThyselfWhitman Walker Health and Individual Private Donors.

To learn more about HOPEDC Like us on Facebook.

For more information about the group please visit http://www.hopedc.org.